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Helpful (2)

Great place to work

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Software Architect in Denver, CO
Current Employee - Senior Software Architect in Denver, CO
Recommends

Pros

EffectiveUI does a great job of empowering employees. You'll likely be thrown into the deep end on your first project, but the environment is very supportive and helpful. The people are incredibly smart and all very interested in helping each other learn and grow. There are truly no egos in the place, and people are all treated well. Many of the projects are really interesting and for big clients that win big awards. Some are kinda boring. Work weeks are 40-50 hours on average.

Cons

Like any agency, some of the project work is boring. Management needs to do a better job of leading, specifically in development. New employees are often hired on for a specific project, so they have very little time to get their bearings before starting billable work.

Other Employee Reviews for EffectiveUI

  1. Helpful (3)

    Great Ideals, Poor Execution

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    • Solid team contributors, high individual expertise and motivation for doers and project contributors • Work/Life flexibility is an inherent part of the culture • Little interference from account management/sales (unlike other agencies) • Flat organization • Project Ownership • Positive relationships

    Cons

    • Poor Executive Management. It's seems like most all C-Levels have little or no experience in the field or little or no experience actually managing an organization. • It's not clear to anyone in the company as to who is actually running the show. Between a CEO, President, COO and quasi-absentee owner, there is not a clear leader. This has caused a lot of chaos within the project teams and a high turnover rate with employees. • There's an odd middle management layer of individuals who have very ambiguous roles and do not contribute to project work, actively manage teams or who contribute in an identifiable way. • There is a poorly managed 'sales' organization with hit and miss success. The sales team has difficulty expressing what the teams can do, or what the value of company is. The result is often poor quality projects with grossly mis-scoped budgets. It's seems that most of the sales staff have very little agency experience.

    Advice to Management

    With growth stagnant and turn over high, it might be time to revisit the overall management strategy. Everyone wants this company to succeed, so maybe it's time step back and bring new management to the table.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Some really great projects but the Emperor has no clothes

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    * Fully agree with other review - the client list is very impressive * Project Managers are given a great deal of autonomy to lead a project given their style/approach * COO & 2 other founders are willing to take time to meet one-on-one (which leads to a semi-transparent organization) * CEO is very energetic and and willing to meet with people one-on-one * Office in Denver is very laid back (shorts/flip flops, bring a well behaved dog, work from home, etc.) * co-workers are very willing to work to resolve problems * Free bi-weekly lunch for company meeting

    Cons

    * Sales wages delivery with little to no understanding of how to develop software * Sales while I was there didn't clearly understand the difference between Agile v. Waterfall software development - thus selling work with SOW deliverables that don't make sense * Managers are given autonomy from perspective of Leadership team, however the middle managers simply don't lead and take charge * No enterprise knowledge & content philosophy making is difficult to provide quality consistent client deliverables * Most consulting firms have a bonus and/or equity sharing (EUI doesn't offer either to practitioners) * No annual and/or quarterly review cycle * Some managers conduct reviews but don't provide a clear rubric of how they will be perform their evaluation * Managers are paralyzed by complexity vs. reducing problem to small chunks and working the problem - meaning managers on more than one occasion won't act but schedule a meeting to review and still won't decide on next course of action * The company on the whole has NO CLEAR PROCESS, they clam to have one to clients, but the process is whatever the project team decides to do, resulting in billable people not understanding delivery * Turnover is high, 7 people resigned 2 weeks prior to my resignation and 3 people including me resigned a few weeks after - management doesn't seem to be making adjustments, just hiring people to back fill in the hopes of something that isn't communicated company wide * Leadership commits to projects that have been undersold and uses terms like MVP (minimal viable product) to meet basic SOW commitments vs. being honorable and providing what all engineers want (quality code that meets users' needs)

    Advice to Management

    1. While you've done a good job at being a flat organization - you'll want to set up some more structure 2. Using some type of company wide dashboard to relay project health would be helpful 3. Set up a structure for people to be accountable and communicate this


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